There’s no getting away from it guys: the moment you hear you’ve got cancer is a scary one and something you’ll always remember. When I was told at Hamed Hospital in Qatar in January 2013 that the 1cm x 0.5cm lesion on the right side of my torso was a highly-dangerous nodular melanoma, it was a real shock as a dermatologist had told me only the month before that it was a far less threatening basal cell carcinoma. My 24-year-old daughter, Annabel, was waiting in reception and, like me, thought that my appointment was just routine so when she nonchalantly asked “Everything alright dad?”, I was then faced with the first ‘cancer test’: how to, and what to, tell family and friends. You can hide it so as not to alarm or you can come right out with it, so I decided on the latter and replied “It’s cancerous, love.” Next, I called my wife, Yasmin, from the car on the way home and broke the news to her, knowing she’d remain calm and that together we’d deal with the steps on the journey, although not realising at that point how many there’d actually be.
Fast-forward two months and surgery removed a small hamburger-sized piece of skin tissue containing this small melanoma. A follow up PET scan, CT scan and blood test revealed that the cancer hadn’t spread (metastasised) and so the crisis was, temporarily, over. However, in December 2015, a lump under my right arm turned out to be melanoma in two lymph nodes and, once again, I decided upon surgery to have them removed. It was from this point forward that real research was required to decide upon the right post-operative treatment options for me. My oncologist was pushing me to take a course of immunotherapy in the form of Ipilimumab, which Yasmin and I read up on, but we also researched a host of alternative and natural approaches. After reading through the awful side effects of Ipilimumab and the very poor prognosis for survival, I elected to go down the alternative and natural route.
I’d say, primarily, the 9-part docu-series, ‘The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest‘, made by author, radio show host and documentary film producer, Ty Bollinger, played a major role in convincing me that the alternative and natural route to cancer treatment and healing was the right one for me. The series contains interviews and expert opinions from over 100 doctors, scientists and researchers in 20 countries all over the world who are preventing and treating cancer today. These countries include the United States, Canada and Mexico in North America, Argentina in South America, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands in Europe, the Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Iran and India in Asia, as well as Australia. The final episode in particular, ‘Cancer Conquerors: Their Powerful Stories Of Victory’, also gave me such encouragement that the alternative and natural route was the best way to heal and prevent recurrence. ‘The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest’ comprises episodes on the preventable causes of cancer such as genetically modified organisms and heavily processed foods (particularly those high in sugar), which are accompanied by a vast array of added toxins including artificial sweeteners (e.g. aspartame), flavourants (e.g. monosodium glutamate), chemicals (e.g. fluoride), colourants and pesticides. It also exposes the true history of chemotherapy and its lack of any real success in healing solid cancer tumours, and discusses the pharmaceutical monopoly in producing and dispensing these outrageously expensive and toxic drugs.
Furthermore, the docu-series provides much information on the many anti-cancer natural dietary interventions available, particularly organic plant-based diets and juicing, more specialised diets like Gerson and those rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, apricot kernels which contain vitamin B17 and the positive impact on cancer treatment of herbs, vitamins, minerals (e.g. iodine, selenium, chromium etc.) and essential oils. Moreover, the documentary- makers note the importance of the mind-body connection, discussing the necessity of a positive emotional state, the ability to handle stress well and commitment to regular exercise as valuable components of a cancer-fighting strategy.
The docu-series also explores the successes of a variety of alternative cancer treatments including High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, Photodynamic Therapy, Hyberbaric Oxygen Treatment, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy, Near-Infra Red Sauna Treatment, Hyperthermia Therapy, Molecular Resonance Effect Technology and High-Dose Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy, as well as the positive impact of medical cannabis in fighting cancer. There’s so much hope out there for cancer patients: you just need to tap into it.
Wikipedia is also a great source of factual information when you’re trying to find out more about your particular type of cancer and its staging (i.e. how much cancer is in the body and the extent to which it has spread elsewhere). In December 2015, my melanoma was diagnosed as Stage IIIn2 which gave me just a 24%-70% survival rate over the next five years. However, it’s vitally important not to panic when you look at survival rates for your particular type of cancer as those stats are based on conventional approaches to treating the disease (i.e. chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation). There are numerous cases of even Stage IV reversal of notoriously difficult-to-treat cancers of the pancreas, brain (medullablastoma) and blood (multiple myeloma) in people following alternative and natural approaches to treating the disease.
I also got loads of information from the numerous websites devoted to cancer on the Internet. One of my favourites in the early days was Cancer Tutor. In their ‘Who We Are’ section, they write “The Independent Cancer Research Foundation … team members are experts sharing their knowledge and experience to help develop some of the most powerful natural cancer treatment protocols in the world. The ICRF has empowered thousands of cancer patients all over the world to consider alternative treatments and take back control of their lives and their health”. They offer many alternative protocols to attack cancer including the Cellect-Budwig diet, High RF Frequency Generators and the Dirt Cheap Protocol which are a must read. A list of clinics in the United States, Canada, Germany, Mexico and Spain, providing over 170 different therapies to treat cancer, can also be found by visiting the appropriate page.